2020 PLUS Founders Award and PLUS1 Award


The 2020 PLUS Founders Award Winner

The Founders Award recognizes a member of PLUS who have made lasting and outstanding contributions to PLUS. The award is presented in honor of PLUS Founder Angelo J. Gioia.

Criteria used when selecting the Founders Award recipient include membership in PLUS, participation in PLUS activities, creativity and innovation when needed to address PLUS tasks, amount of time and effort dedicated to the organization, promotion of PLUS in the industry and to the public in general, or other contributions to the image of PLUS, and involvement in developing, implementing, improving and/or continuing PLUS programs.

The winner of this year’s Founders Award is David B. Williams.

David B Williams
Senior Vice President at Liberty Mutual and the Global Risk
Solutions (GRS) Multinational Chief Underwriting Office (CUO)

Getting his start as a D&O underwriter at Chubb in Boston and New York David first joined PLUS when he was working in San Francisco and became a member of the Northern California Chapter. When David returned to his hometown of Boston to manage a financial lines regional P&L operation he served on the New England Chapter eventually becoming Chapter Chair in 2005. Click here for full profile.

Watch David accept his award during the 2020 Virtual PLUS Conference.

The 2020 PLUS1 Award Winner

The PLUS1 Award is presented to a person whose efforts have contributed substantially to the advancement and image of the professional liability industry.

Criteria used when selecting the PLUS1 Award winner include reputation and success in the professional liability industry, history of lectures and service on panels addressing topics in the industry, current activity in professional liability, activity and involvement in PLUS, longevity in the insurance industry, and measure of impact on the professional liability industry.

The winner of this years PLUS1 Award is Tony Galban.

Tony Galban
SVP, Product Manager
North America Financial Lines

Tony Galban is Senior Vice President and Product Manager, responsible for the Chubb’s North American Financial Lines Directors & Officers (D&O) business.

Widely sought as an industry speaker, author, and commentator on D&O liability, Tony served as a co-chair of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society’s (PLUS) D&O Symposium from 2008 to 2011. He was also named Advisen’s U.S. D&O Industry Person of the Year in 2015. Click here for full profile.

Watch Tony accept his award during the 2020 Virtual PLUS Conference.


2020 PLUS Emerging Leader Award Winners


PLUS Emerging Leader Award  

This award, in its inaugural year, is given annually to young professionals who excel in their profession and exhibit the attributes to become future leaders in their organization and the professional liability insurance industry.  

We had 26 outstanding nominees put forth by industry colleagues and then invited PLUS members to participate in a voting process to give their input on our industry’s emerging leaders.  

After a thorough review of all nominees and the voting results, the Future PLUS Subcommittee made their recommendation for three award winners.  

We are now pleased to share with you, on behalf of the PLUS Nominating Committee, the 2020 recipients of the PLUS Emerging Leader Award: 

Jahan Cedenio
Marsh & McLennan

Jahan is an alum of the Diversity Leadership & Mentoring Program (LAMP) and has been highly engaged with PLUS ever since: speaking at PLUS events and volunteering on Future PLUS Task Forces and the PLUS Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He is now starting his tenure on the PLUS Foundation Board of Directors.

Chelsea Laing
Vice President

Chelsea is not only regarded as a next generation leader in her company, but she is also a very active and engaged volunteer with PLUS having served on Future PLUS Task Forces, the Southern California Chapter Steering Committee, and has helped plan Women’s Leadership Network events for the PLUS Foundation.

Courtney Maugé
Vice President of US FINPRO Cyber COE

Courtney has demonstrated an excellence in thought leadership, writing white papers on COVID-19 and the Phishing Evolution, and speaking at the Security in Risk Conference and for Gamma Iota Sigma. She was also named a 2020 Willis Towers Watson Horizons Innovation Finalist. 

The three PLUS Emerging Leader Award winners were announced during the PLUS Virtual Conference on November 9th, 2020. Below is a clip from the Conference that includes an acceptance speech from each award winner. Congratulations to Jahan, Chelsea, and Courtney!

Former PLUS President Patrick Kelly Receives Outstanding Lawyer Award

Pat KellyWe want to offer our congratulations to Patrick Kelly, who received the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association in recognition of his dedication and service to the legal profession and the law. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Kelly served as LACBA President, a Trustee on two separate occasions, Chair of the Special Committee that developed Los Angeles Lawyer and the inaugural Chair of the magazine’s editorial board. He is also past President of the State Bar of California, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and former President of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. A frequent author and columnist, Mr. Kelly was an original co-author of the California Insurance Litigation Guide, the most-cited insurance treatise in the state.

While State Bar President, working with the American Board of Trial Advocates, Mr. Kelly led the effort to urge the Supreme Court to add the now familiar civility commitment to the Attorney Oath, and as a member of the Open Courts Coalition, urged better access to justice through improved court funding. Mr. Kelly was also appointed by then California Governor Pete Wilson to serve as one of 11 members of the Commission on Judicial Performance, which disciplines California state judges and has the power to remove them from the bench. He served as Chair of the rules committee that rewrote the rules that guide the Commission. For his leadership in the courts, Mr. Kelly was elected to the California Judicial Council, the board chaired by the Chief Justice that oversees the California Judicial Branch, including all California courts.

Mr. Kelly has been with the law firm of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP since 1980, where from 1980 to 2013 he served as the firm’s Western Region Manager and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is now a Senior Counsel at Wilson Elser, focusing on defending individuals, companies, insurers and ski resorts in high-stakes professional, general, product, automotive, commercial liability and insurance coverage cases. He also represents insurance carriers in coverage and bad faith matters, constantly using his knowledge and skills to better his profession and improve the administration of justice.

Congratulations, Patrick! This is a distinguished and well-deserved honor.